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Topsy Turvy Buckets on the Deck

by Jane Windham on October 13, 2014

Topsy Turvy Galvanized Buckets | Cottage at the CrossroadsThe weather has been just glorious here, and I found some time to finish potting up my topsy turvy buckets on the deck this weekend. The one in the photo above sat on our front porch all summer long, and I asked Leo to bring it around to the deck on the back of the house for fall.

fall deck | Cottage at the CrossroadsThe deck on the back of our house is small, but it’s where everyone comes when they visit the Crossroads. Back door friends are the best kind, don’t you agree?

fall deck | Cottage at the CrossroadsSo I like to fill it up with flowers and plants to welcome everyone, even in the fall and winter.

Topsy Turvy Fall Buckets | Cottage at the CrossroadsI planted this topsy turvy planter with flowers that will continue to live during the winter such as pansies, snapdragons, and flowering kale.

Topsy Turvy Fall Buckets | Cottage at the CrossroadsI left a few things that had been growing all summer in the buckets such as the creeping jenny and the sweet potato vine. They won’t make it through the winter but they will continue to grow and be pretty until we have a hard frost.

Topsy Turvy Fall Buckets | Cottage at the CrossroadsI used a combination of colors that contrasts well with the galvanized buckets such as orange, white, and purple. I have enjoyed this topsy turvy planter so much, and the directions on how to make your own can be found in our post Topsy Turvy Galvanized Buckets.

Topsy Turvy Fall Buckets | Cottage at the CrossroadsThis little green pumpkin came out of our garden recently. We have some Jarradale  pumpkins growing, but Leo was using the tiller last week and accidentally cut the vine to this one. So I scooped it up and plopped it here. The color really does look pretty with the other chartreuse plants, but I have no idea how long it will last since it wasn’t ready for pickin’!

Topsy Turvy Fall Buckets | Cottage at the CrossroadsBut there’s even another topsy turvy planter on the deck. It’s a smaller version that I made for a Hometalk video hangout.

Topsy Turvy Fall Buckets | Cottage at the CrossroadsI had planted it with some purple flowers originally, and some of them grew back this spring. The planter has been sitting on our picnic table during the summer.

Topsy Turvy Fall Buckets | Cottage at the CrossroadsJust recently I tucked a few succulents  that needed transplanting into the top bucket. The succulents and the ivy will survive the winter here.

Creeping jenny | Cottage at the CrossroadsI love how the creeping jenny has gotten so long that it cascades down this column.

picket fence bookcase | Cottage at the CrossroadsBeside the back door is a little picket fence bookcase that I keep filled with flowers and plants year round.

cedar tree in a container | Cottage at the CrossroadsThis evergreen tree has been growing in this planter for a couple of years now. It is an Emerald Green Arborvitae, and I’ll transplant it into the yard next spring.

purslane in bloom | Cottage at the CrossroadsOn the deck is this little planter filled with purslane that’s still blooming profusely.

handpainted pumpkin pillow | Cottage at the CrossroadsThe rocking chair gets a workout and makes a nice spot to sit surrounded by all the flowers, and the pumpkin pillow is one I painted last fall.

plant stand with hanging terracotta pots | Cottage at the CrossroadsThe pot holder plant stand has been hanging out on the deck for over 2 years now. The pots just get repainted with different colors for the changing seasons. The large white pumpkin grew in our garden over the summer so I’m surprised that it has lasted this long. It’s a heirloom variety called Moonshine that grew from seeds tossed in the compost bin last year.

fall planters | Cottage at the CrossroadsThis little toad provides a bit of whimsy and greets our back door visitors. I think he’s saying, “Hop on in!”

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